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Early Early Round-up of Chargers 2009 first round picks

Discussion in 'NFL Draft' started by AnteaterRaider, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    9. San Diego - Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC
    Some depth on the defensive line would be nice, but the Chargers need someone that will change their defense. A physical presence like Maualuga in the middle of their defense would help establish a toughness they currently lack.

    http://www.draftcountdown.com/sub/Mock-Draft-A.php [11/11/08]

    Rey Maualuga | USC Trojans

    Nobody has done a better job of working the draft process in recent years than the San Diego Chargers. In fact, 21 of their 23 starters are home-grown! There aren’t many holes in the Chargers starting lineup but they have had some issues at middle linebacker and Rey Maualuga would be a perfect fit for their 3-4 defense. Rey Maualuga | Southern Cal Trojans A big inside ‘backer with a physical presence and a nasty demeanor, Maualuga can be a bit inconsistent and will miss some tackles but he still has a lot of upside and when everything is clicking the guy can be flat-out dominant. Penn St. is known as “Linebacker U” but USC could give them a run for that title, with Maualuga joining past Trojan greats such as Junior Seau, Chris Claiborne, Lofa Tatupu and Keith Rivers. The Chargers also have some question marks on the right side of their offensive line with Mike Goff and Jeromey Clary so that could be a possibility here as well and don’t rule out a defensive lineman either since Igor Olshansky is due to become a free agent and there is not much depth at either end or nose tackle. At the end of the day Maualuga sure seems like a good fit here and he would be an upgrade over what they currently have at the position. Whatever they do it will most likely be the right move.

    http://draftace.com/mockdraft.htm (Update 11-11-08)
    16 Chargers Brian Cushing Outside Linebacker USC
    The Chargers are learning the hard way just how necessary it is to have adequate depth at a position like linebacker. The loss of Shawne Merriman has devistated the Chargers defense. This may be a slight reach for Cushing, but the Chargers no other glaring needs. They can afford to reach at a position where the added depth will improve their defense.

    http://www.draftking.com/nfl/2009/mockdraft.shtml (11/15/08)
    8. San Diego Chargers - Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
    There are many people who are very high on Michael Oher, and with good reason. The Ole Miss left tackle is an outstanding pass blocker, and despite a difficult past he has turned into one of the nation's best college offensive linemen. Some people view Oher as the best offensive tackle prospect in the nation, and certainly it should be a strong class with Oher and Eugene Monroe and possibly Andre Smnith all in the mix.
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  2. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Offensive Line or another LB that can work opposite of Shawne.

    We need to get our defense rebuilt. Enough with this bend but don't break/hope like hell for a turnover.

    That plan didn't work this year.

    And, btw, if there is a problem with LT and "insert any name here", THEN FIX IT!!!!!!!!

    CHARGERS 2009 !!!!

  3. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest


    Aaron Curry's name may not be recognizable to those outside of ACC country, but he has been the best player on one of the conference's best teams over the last few years. It sure did not take the 6-3 linebacker much time before he made his mark. In just the second game of his redshirt freshman year, Curry was inserted into the starting lineup and he has remained there ever since. As a freshman in 2005 he tallied 45 tackles. That number shot up to 83 during his sophomore campaign and 99 in 2007. It was also in 2007 when Curry returned three interceptions for touchdowns (which is really impressive for a linebacker).

    Curry is a big play linebacker and can deliver the big hit and cover a lot of ground. He is also extremely versatile and does a good job against both the run and the pass. The only negative to find with Curry is his awareness. There are times when he is out of position and makes mistakes.

    The hype might be low right now, but NFL scouts will not let Curry slip under the radar for too long. He has the tools and experience to be a first-round draft pick and that will not change between now and April.

    11/11 Update: Curry continues to put up big numbers for Wake Forest. Through nine games he has 77 tackles, 11.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks, three pass break-ups and one interception. Curry is the catalyst and the leader of the defense and if the Demon Deacons continue to be successful and slip into a BCS game, Curry will get the press he deserves.
  4. Bergo23

    Bergo23 BoltTalker

    Sep 28, 2006
    An impact ILB (Curry, Maualuga....but NOT Laurianitis), or an impact Olineman (tackle or even Duke Robinson).........seems the most likely, unless AJ likes BJ Raji and he is available.

    Anyway you slice its going to help us ALOT. An impact 3-4 Dline is needed, but AJ will find one with 3rd rounders.

    I am hoping for Rey Rey!!!!! The Seau connection is undeniable.

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